• Gathered Under Grace

What's a Manger?

And so it begins. I started the process of putting our Christmas tree up today. Grandkids and their friends gathered to assist. Excitement was in the air. Music began the conversation. What songs are you singing in the Christmas program at school? One little guy couldn't remember the name of the song but he sang a little bit. My granddaughter was thoughtful as she talked about her upcoming program. We decided we needed Christmas music and that opened the door to a discussion of Jesus. As we tested and began to string lights I began to ask questions. Does anyone know why we celebrate Christmas? One little boy (a friend of a friends child), said he really didn't know why. As we put the tree together I asked and answered questions about why we celebrate Christmas. Whose birthday are we celebrating? Who is Jesus? What did the star mean? Who saw the star? Who were the wise men? What about those shepherds? What's a manger? Easy details. Everyone joined in. It wasn't hard. It was fun to talk to them as we worked together. I would like to encourage each of us to take whatever opportunity presents itself to tell others about Jesus as we begin to prepare for Christmas. Take that extra minute or two with children that you might know to discuss the 'Reason for the Season'. You never know when one of them will hear about Jesus for the very first time. Luke 18: 16-17 NLT Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”


Deltona, FL, USA


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